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Course Description

Course Number 20-650507

     According to the World Health Organization, one of the top ten threats to global health is antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and the CDC has called AMR “one of the biggest health challenges or our time”.  As more and more diseases become resistant to existing antimicrobials, diseases which were once relatively simple to treat become a challenge. Healthcare professionals need to be cognizant of AMR and possess the knowledge to fulfill their role in decreasing antimicrobial resistance.

  • Course Category | Public Health

  • Original Activity Release Date | 02/02/2019

  • Date of Most Recent Review | 12/02/2021

  • Next Review / Activity Termination Date | 12/01/2024

Educational Goals & Learning Outcomes

     The goal of this course is to increase the knowledge base of healthcare professionals regarding antimicrobial resistance (AMR) including; the epidemiology of AMR, mechanisms of AMR, AMR types, critically important antimicrobials, their role in decreasing AMR, government and industries role in decreasing AMR and the economic impact of AMR. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance

  • Contrast mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance

  • Differentiate types of antimicrobial resistance

  • Categorize critically important antimicrobials

  • Support the role of the healthcare professional in decreasing AMR

  • Appraise the roles of government and industry in decreasing AMR

  • Assess the economic impact of AMR

About the Course Author(s)

Darren C. Leach, MSN, APRN, NP-C

     Darren C. Leach is a nurse practitioner and author. He is licensed as an APRN by the State of Florida and Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. His professional experience ranges across the lifespan from infants to the elderly with positions in adult internal and emergency care, pediatric internal and emergency care, pediatric and neonatal intensive care as well as endocrinology and nephrology. He has also provided education to nurses, patients, and families in a variety of formats and settings. He received his Baccalaureate of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 2005, and his Masters of Science degree in Family Health Nursing in 2010. Mr. Leach has authored numerous courses, including many for MedCEC. To view Mr. Leach's full bio click here.